Fellow Clerks Push Gorsuch Confirmation

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, left, meeting with Neil M. Gorsuch in Blumenthal's office last month.

Turns out, The New York Times has unearthed evidence that Philip Anschutz, owner of The Broadmoor, has ties to Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Steve Daines of Montana and Cory Gardner of Colorado, and Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, praised Judge Gorsuch as a nominee who understands the importance of Indian-country issues. Donald Trump has repeatedly shown that he's not interested in nominating judges who will stand up and say no when he violates the Constitution, and Neil Gorsuch's record makes clear that he'd be a rubber stamp for Trump's agenda.

"Despite legal requirements to adequately document all presidential records, Mr. Davis, in one email exchange, directed Judge Gorsuch to contact him at a private, political email address with the domain @gwb43.com 'as I do not often check my White House email address", Blumenthal wrote the directors of the presidential library. But the rest of them may be in the George W. Bush Presidential Library of the National Archives.

Schumer, who is both the Democratic leader and a long-standing member of the Judiciary Committee, is likely to carry a lot of sway with fellow Democrats.

Schumer's comments come five days before Gorsuch's confirmation hearings begin Monday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. For Gorsuch, judicial philosophy will matter less than personal likeability. Democrats can seek to use a procedural maneuver to block a confirmation vote if Gorsuch's supporters cannot muster 60 votes, although Republicans could change the Senate rules. At Roll Call, Kate Ackley reports that "Democratic lawmakers and liberal interest groups are intensifying their pressure on senators to probe Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's views on campaign finance law", in the belief that focusing on campaign finance "would give moderate Democrats, in particular, a reason to oppose him without touching on more politically controversial issues such as abortion or gun rights that would not play well in conservative states".

So why is Schumer abandoning the rule of law in attacking the Gorsuch nomination?

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